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Cabrini dropped by Bishop Foley in regional semis PHOTO GALLERY

  • With a combined 3.360 grade point average, Cabrini has been honored as a Division 3 All-State Academic Team for 2014 by the Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association. Photo gallery by Jacob Newby
  • Cabrini fell 13-7 on Saturday in the regional semfinals to three-time defending Division 3 state champs Bishop Foley. Photo gallery by Jacob Newby
Cabrini drew Bishop Foley in the Division 3, Regional 23 semifinals on Saturday, and saw firsthand why the Ventures are three-time defending state champions.

The Monarchs jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the 1st inning but just couldn’t keep Foley off the base paths, which was primarily why they lost 13-7 on Saturday in Manchester.

“We couldn’t get our off-speed pitches over (the plate) early in the game, which led to their 6-2 lead,” Cabrini Coach Doug Sombati said. “We know we have to mix speeds up against Foley. The umpires were calling a really tight strike zone and that doesn’t really play in your favor when you’re playing the big favorites.”

Senior David Szczesny was relieved after hurling 91 pitches through four innings, by which time the Monarchs had already committed three errors in the field.

Foley’s offensive attack was paced by Austin Lukaschewski, who clubbed a home run and a three-RBI triple in the game, pacing a dynamic offensive attack for the Ventures.

Down 13-5 after six innings, the Monarchs could have packed it in and waved the white flag. Instead, they remained patient at the plate and put pressure on Foley’s pitching staff.

Ryan Perkins hit an RBI double in the top of the 7th to make it 13-6. Szczesny later made it around third base to score on a wild pitch to give Cabrini seven runs on the day.

“We never gave up. The kids came back at the end and had them worried,” Sombati said. “The most runs (Foley) has ever given up in the four years they’ve been playing has been seven when they lost this year to Orchard Lake St. Mary’s and we matched that. The pitching and defense just wasn’t there.”

Robbie DeBlander and Paul Girard knocked in a run apiece in the game for Cabrini.

Although the Monarchs finish the 2014 season with a sub-.500 record at 15-17, Sombati said he knows they became a stronger team because of the tough opposition they scheduled all throughout the year.

“15-17 doesn’t look that great on paper, but we beat a lot of good teams and a played a lot of good teams too,” he said. “Nine of our losses this year, those teams were still standing in the regionals this week. If you want to beat a team like Bishop Foley you have to play tough teams like them all year, and we did that. So it was a nice season.”

Last Updated: 6/7/2014 10:05:47 PM EST

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